Saturday, February 28, 2009

Catechetical Talk #4 (The Existence of God)

Here is my 4th Catechetical Talk for my 3 prayer groups. 

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I Believe in God means:

1st. I believe that there is a God, who is the beginning and the end of all things.

2nd. I believe in God, that is, in all that He has revealed.

3rd. I abandon myself lovingly to His protection, because He is goodness itself.

 

Existence of God:

Known by Revelation

Proved by Reason

  • Physical Proof
  • Metaphysical Proofs
  • Moral Proofs

 

Physical Proof, or argument from design

  • the proof drawn from final causes, is framed on the adaptation of means to end, which is manifest in the external world.
  • Things destitute of intelligence tending to an end under the direction of an intelligent Being.

Metaphysical Proofs

  • Contingency of beings (there must be a Being having in its own essence the reason of its existence)
  • Subordination of efficient causes (there must be a first efficient Cause)
  • Motion (there be a primary Mover that moves all else without being moved itself)

Moral Proofs

  • Universal consent (all men have always and everywhere acknowledged a divinity whom they owe worship)
  • Moral law (all men acknowledge that they are bound by a moral law, which enjoins certain things on them and forbids others. According as they keep or break this law, that experience happiness or remorse.)

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The outline above will make much more sense for you if you listen to the talk…….

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